Posted by: Cathy | July 12, 2017

Dismantle Your Issues

Barbara de Angelis: “Management is not mastery. It’s not about controlling your issues but dismantling them.”

Many people have a fear of speaking. In 2009, I joined the Toastmasters organization to become a better speaker. Since then, I’ve given over 80 speeches. Each speech helped me dismantle my fear of speaking and now I wouldn’t have any problem speaking in front of any size group of people. Rather than manage my fear, I mastered it.

I still have other fears, though. I tend to be aloof with new people and don’t let them get too close to me at first. I would rather think through a problem than deal with it on an emotional level. There aren’t any organizations that I’ve found to master those problems like I have with speaking. I need to decide to overcome them and take the steps myself to do it.

Whatever you fear is holding you back. It is limiting you, restricting you. You can try to avoid what you fear but it will take you unawares. You can try to manage your fear but the fear is still in control. Instead, you can master your fears, take back your power, and leave the fears in the dust.

Mastery is the most difficult path, but is the only one to really dismantle your issues. Who is the master in your life?

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Posted by: Cathy | July 10, 2017

Why creativity makes you smarter

Creativity is a vital component of intelligence.

Intelligence is “a capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity” (www.dictionary.com). Creativity helps us learn by keeping our minds flexible and adaptable, ready to absorb new information. Creativity helps us reason by forming connections between concepts, comparing and contrasting them. Creativity helps us understand by looking deeply with curiosity at a thing.

Creativity is essential in problem-solving. Without creativity, you would be unable to imagine different outcomes and create solutions for complex issues.

The more you practice being creative and flex your creativity, the more your mind will be prepared when it needs to do some heavy-duty problem-solving.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

Albert Einstein

The more you exercise your creativity, the more intelligent you become. Creativity makes you smarter.

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Posted by: Cathy | July 5, 2017

QQ: What makes you see fireworks?

Questing Questions are a regular feature on my blog; basically, a journal question to get you further along in your life quest. If journaling isn’t your thing, feel free to take the question as your focus for a meditation, a prayer, or a piece of artwork.

You know in cartoons when a character gets a hot kiss and they have images of fireworks over their head?

Other than hot kisses, what makes you see fireworks?

Make a list as long as you can about what makes you see fireworks. Try to experience something on your list every day!

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Posted by: Cathy | July 3, 2017

Express Your Inner Fire

Different fireworks are colored by different elements. If you build one with barium, it will be green; with copper, it will be blue. Each element leaves its unique fingerprint in the resulting flame.

Just so, the elements within us leave fingerprints when we express ourselves authentically.

Think of three qualities you consider yourself to have, and notice how they’re expressed in a creative piece you did. Is a piece you like, love, or don’t like? How well does it align with your personal qualities?

My theory is that our favorite creative works best reflect our unique inner fire. The more you create from your unique strengths, the more satisfied you’ll feel with the results.

Also notice, in creativity by others, are you attracted to pieces with similar qualities to yourself or different qualities?

You know yourself better than anyone, and your art is a mirror of your soul. The more honestly you express yourself, the more powerful the finished piece will be.

This week, do something to express your inner fire!

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Posted by: Cathy | June 28, 2017

Links Lasso June

Coach Blog 060216 links lasso I’m sharing a monthly links round-up, I call it my Links Lasso, of interesting articles and things I’ve found each month. Here are the goodies I came across in June:

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Posted by: Cathy | June 26, 2017

CQ: What’s next?

Creative Questions are a regular feature on my blog; basically, a journal question to get you further along in your creative pursuits or creatively tackle other goals. If journaling isn’t your thing, feel free to take the question as your focus for a meditation, a prayer, or a piece of artwork.

Every day, every hour, you can choose to keep doing what you’ve been doing or you can choose to do something different. It helps to have a vision of where you want to go to see if you’re on the right path. This month, I invite you to ask:

* What’s next?

What’s coming up if you stay on your current path? What would change if you make a change? What do you want to come next?

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Posted by: Cathy | June 21, 2017

Creative Block Buster session

* Are you stuck in a mucky creative block?
* Are you tired of being held back and want to reclaim your creative power?
* Are you ready to get moving creatively and bust your block?

Creative blocks can strike at any time, but they’re usually a symptom of a deeper problem like fear or paralysis. By shining a light on the deeper problem, we can bust your block at the root so you can move forward.

My “Creative Block Buster” is a 45-minute coaching session where we will:

* Identify the root of your creative block
* Boost your creative confidence
* Make a plan to move forward with your creative project

When you register for the Creative Block Buster, we will work together to schedule your session (45 minutes) at a time

that’s convenient for both of us. I’ll send you a couple of questions to review in advance to help me frame our session. I will follow up with you via email two weeks after your session to see how your new routines are holding up.

Creative blocks are a big waste of time and energy; resources you could be using on your creative work! You don’t need to sit stuck in a block. You can bust out and move forward again.

Register for your Creative Block Buster and reclaim your creative power! (45 minutes of coaching for $60)

(First, take my Creativity Health Assessment quiz and try my Creativity Health Plan session for free!)

Contact me to schedule your session.

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Posted by: Cathy | June 19, 2017

AT: Admire-Inspire

Last year, I hosted Align Time, a weekly alignment check-in for balance, fulfillment, and satisfaction. A few of my prompts got more hits than others, so I’ll elaborate on those here on the blog.

For Aug 16, 2016, I said: “Admire-Inspire is noticing how much energy you spend admiring others versus doing something to inspire others. Neither is better or worse, just notice where you are on this spectrum and where you’d like to be.

Sometimes you need to take in inspiration, but it’s healthy to put it back out and do something with it, not just keep it stuffed up inside you. It’s a cycle, like so many things in life. You need to circulate. Admire things around you and do something that gets you, in turn, admired.

This alignment check-in asks you to notice where your inspiration is. Is it time to rest, look around, and be inspired by others? Or is it time to take inspired action?

Where are you on the Admire-Inspire spectrum? Is that where you want to be?

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In my role as a creativity coach, I’ve identified 12 creativity dis-eases that get us off-track from our art. Each month, I’ll highlight one.

This month, we’re talking about a “Misaligned Creative Self-Image.” Can you relate?

You consider yourself a creative person. Art and creativity are important to you. You enjoy other people’s art. You have a list of creative ideas or even a sketch pad of ideas for projects, but they don’t often move beyond the idea phase. You think about being an artist but you don’t follow through and make the art.

Like someone who reads travel guidebooks and pins photos of Paris but never steps on the plane, you need to go beyond your planning into action.

Action can be scary, because it opens us up to things like responsibility, failure, and criticism; but you won’t get anywhere if you don’t take action.

Take the reins today and do something creative. Live your value of art and creativity each day. Don’t just fantasize about making art. Empower your creative self-image to take action. Pick one of your ideas, any idea, and make it a reality!

What do you think? Have you experienced a “Misaligned Creative Self-Image”?

If you feel your creativity health is off, take my free Creativity Health Assessment quiz to identify your creativity dis-ease! Then consider signing up for my free 30-minute Creativity Health Plan coaching session to help you find a solution for your creativity dis-ease.

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Posted by: Cathy | June 12, 2017

Creativity Camp Challenge workbook

Summer is a time for fun, adventure, and exploring. Apply these qualities to your creative life for some extra spark and inspiration! Get wildly creative!

To help you do this, take my Creativity Camp Challenge with four different activities combining creativity and nature:
* Wriking (writing-hiking),
* Alfresco Color,
* Image Hunt, and
* Nature Collage.

Download this free workbook here!

Tell me about your Creativity Camp Challenge adventure on my Facebook page!

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